Celebrities are just like us, in some ways. And one of those ways is that no matter how rich or famous they are, they won't get out of this life alive. Being famous does not mean they won't die. Just like us normal people, sometimes they are taken way too soon. A few days ago the lead singer of Linkin Park ended his life and left behind a wife and 6 kids.
Many celebs who have died were parents and left their kids behind. Whether it be suicide, murder, or natural causes, they leave behind their families and their legacy, and the world mourns them.
While the world may mourn for these famous people, and it can hit each one of us on a personal level, I think it is often overlooked that they had families. These people are mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters. They all had their own personal life outside of the public eye.
A celebrity death brings monumental nation wide attention. It is common place for fans to show up the funerals and memorial services. It can make people feel closer to them, as does hearing their last and final words. Many last words are haunting, to say the least.
14 The Crocodile Hunter
Steve Irwin was an international treasure loved by many. His love of crocodiles and other reptiles and animals that seemed scary to some was incredibly endearing. He had a zest for life that reached through the tv screen and could make anyone want to tangle with a crocodile! He also had a beautiful wife and two adorable children, who are now about grown.
He sadly died while filming a documentary called "Ocean's Deadliest" in 2006. The beloved wildlife expert was stung, repeatedly, in the chest by a stingray while searching for tiger sharks.
The camera man and only witness to Steve's untimely demise said when the stinger went in Steve's chest, the crocodile hunter thought it had punctured his lung. Steve's last words were simple and heartbreaking, "I'm dying".
13 Farrah Fawcett
Farrah Fawcett's career started in 1968 as she began appearing in commercials and some tv shows. Her breakthrough role came in 1976 when she landed a role on Charlie's Angels.
Throughout the years she appeared in a variety of tv shows and movies. She married Lee Majors who she co-starred with in The Six-Million Dollar Man, in 1973 and they divorced in 1983. Then she had a long time partner, Ryan O'Neil with whom she had a son. They were together when she died.
Fawcett passed away on June 25, 2009, Fawcett was diagnosed with anal cancer in 2006 and this is what led to her ultimate demise. Her final days were being documented and her final words were "Why aren't you recording this? This is what cancer is."
12 Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley. Some call him simply "The King", or "The King Of Rock N' Roll", but we all know who he was. He was handsome and incredibly talented.
From film to music to dancing, men and women loved him. He married Priscilla despite her being so young, and 10 years his junior. The marriage did not last, but they did have a daughter together, Lisa Marie.
Elvis was known for his lavish lifestyle and his close circle of friends "the Memphis Mafia", as he dubbed them. Some close to Elvis thought the "Memphis Mafia" may have been the reason Elvis got addicted to pain medications and drugs. Elvis was 42 when he died.
He told his fiance " I'm going to the bathroom to read." And those were his final words.
11 Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston had one of the most incredible voices in which not many can compare. She was married to Bobby Brown and together they had a daughter. She seemed to be leading a charmed life until the mid to late 90's.
Her life became a wreck as she succumbed to crack addiction and her marriage turned abusive. She once was known for being a good girl, but this was changing. Addiction seems to be prevalent among those who are famous. And Whitney was touched by it, which led to her death.
In the days before her death, she said and did things implying she knew her time was near. Before she died she told some friends " I'm gonna go see Jesus, want to see Jesus."
10 Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson was a controversial celebrity, to say the least. He started out as the most talented and cutest member of The Jackson 5. He then rose to even bigger stardom when he went solo. As time progressed he showed signs of being... off.
The color of his skin changed, he was accused of being a pedophile, he dangled his baby off of a balcony. The man was obviously not well for some of his life.
Jackson had a personal physician who would give him medications to help him sleep. On June 25, 2009, right before he passed away of heart failure, he begged for "milk'. Milk was his code name for propofol.
This drug and others contributed to his death.
9 Joan Crawford
Joan Crawford is ranked as the 10th best actress of all time on the American Film Institute's list. She had four children and was married four times. She adopted 5 children, one of whom was reclaimed by his birth mother.
Her daughter Christina went on to write a tell all book on her upbringing and the abuse she suffered due to her mother's mental instability. Joan Crawford became known for using her body to control her co-stars and directors, or really anyone that could enhance her career. She was also said to have some anger issues.
Upon her death bed, her nurse began to pray for her. Crawford, being the hard ass she was, said "Dammit...don't you dare ask God to help me!"
8 Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger hit Hollywood's radar in his breakout role movie, 10 Things I Hate About You. Which gained cult status among teens then and now. He made it big in Hollywood and won an Academy Award, unfortunately, it was posthumous.
He fathered a daughter with actress Michelle Williams in 2008. Ledger had a huge filmography including independent and mainstream films. He was a wonderful actor, loved by many. His death was unfortunate and unexpected by most.
January 22, 2008, the day Ledger was found unconscious by his house keeper and masseuse. The last person he spoke to was his sister Katie. She said she warned him of mixing medications and told him not to do it. ''Katie, Katie, look...it'll be fine, you know, I just need to get some sleep.''
7 Lucille Ball
"I Love Lucy" is hands down one of the greatest shows of all time. Who didn't love that crazy red head who was always getting into some sort of shenanigans with her husband and two best friends? Lucille Ball made strides for women when she came out with "I Love Lucy" back in 1951.
She was the first woman to show her pregnancy on national television. She was married to Dezi Arnaz, with whom she had two children and although they divorced and they stayed close until the end of their lives.
She died at the age of 77 of a second aortic rupture. Right before she passed she was asked if she needed anything. Her reply was " My Florida Water".
6 Paul Walker
Paul Walker, with his beautiful blue eyes, and gorgeously made for the big screen smile died on November 30, 2013. It doesn't seem like it has been that long. I'm sure to his daughter it seems like an eternity.
Paul Walker was best known for his roles in the Fast and Furious movies. He loved fast cars in the Furious roles and in real life. The need for speed and fast cars is what ultimately caused his untimely death.
He was hosting a charity event and decided to take the Porsche that was on display out for a test drive. He told Jim Torp, an engineer at the event, "We will be back in five minutes." The last words before he got into the wreck that would take his life.
5 John Lennon
John Lennon was, as we all know one of The Beatles. He was once one of the most famous musicians in the world. Even after his departure from The Beatles, he remained popular worldwide. He was also known for his controversial political and religious views. He once said the Beatles were more famous than Jesus, and that did not go over well with many.
Lennon was married to Yoko Ono, who is blamed for the Beatles breaking up. Lennon had two sons, one with his first wife and one with Yoko Ono. John Lennon was murdered in New York City by Mark David Chapman, a deranged fan who shot Lennon multiple times.
Lennon's last words were simply "I'm shot". And he lost consciousness soon after and passed.
4 Princess Diana
Princess Di was well known as the People's Princess. And here we are, almost 20 years after her tragic death people are still intrigued and have an undying devotion to her. A soft spoken woman, who was the loving mother of two little boys.
Her death left them with a whole which will never be filled. Prince Harry and Prince William are still very much in the public eye and have often spoken of their deceased mother and how wonderful she really was.
On August 31, 1997, she was in a car wreck that ended her life and the life of her lover, Dodi al-Fayed. The wreck was due to negligent driving by her chauffeur and the paparazzi following them. Her last words were "My God."
3 James Brown
James Brown is known for his funk music and as "The Godfather of Soul". He has 9 children and even more came out of the woodwork after he died claiming to be his. He may have a total of 13 in all. Brown also had 4 wives. He is known for having a flair for the dramatics.
On December 23, 2006, he went into his dentist office for dental implants and the dentist noticed that Brown looked ill and was several hours late for his appointment. The dentist advised Brown to seek medical treatment as opposed to having dental work done.
The next day Brown went to the hospital and was admitted for observation. He died the next day of congestive heart failure. His last words were " I'm going away tonight."
2 Alfred Hitchcock
"One never knows the ending. One has to die to know exactly what happens after death although Catholics have their hopes" Alfred Hitchcock's last words.
They are somewhat haunting, much like the man himself. He was and is, known as "The master of suspense". And what is more suspenseful than waiting to find out what happens after we die? His last words were as great as the 50 movies he directed of the span of six decades.
He is still known as one of the most influential directors in film history. He helped bring on the psychological thriller genre. Outside of the film business, which kept him busy, he had a wife and one daughter. He was 80 years old when he died and he passed away of renal failure.
1 Joe Dimaggio
Joe Dimaggio, a famous baseball player and Hall of Famer, was also famous for his affair and love for Marilyn Monroe. He was married to Dorothy Arnold in 1937 and had a son in 1941 and they divorced in 1944.
Despite marrying before, it has been stated that Marilyn was the love of his life. They had a ninth month marriage that ended in divorce in 1954, however, his love for her did not wane. He was worried about the people she began hanging around, that he thought were bad for her well being. These people were the Kennedy's.
She ended up dying while associating with the Kennedy's, perhaps Dimaggio was right. Dimaggio's last words were "I'll finally get to see Marilyn." Probing his love for her never ended.